How to Naturally Relieve Menstrual Cramps (2022)

Menstrual cramps are the result of contractions of the uterus, causing aches, pain, throbbing, and spasms in the pelvic area and lower abdomen. The cramps are thought to be caused by the build-up of hormones called prostaglandins during the early part of the menstrual cycle.

How to Naturally Relieve Menstrual Cramps (1)

Menstrual cramps are often treated with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen), or Aleve (naproxen). Other people find relief by placing a heating pad or hot water bottle on the lower tummy or taking a warm bath. While useful, these treatments work better for some people than for others.

This article explores some of the natural remedies that people may try to treat menstrual cramps as well as what the current research says.

Ginger

Some people believe that ginger can ease menstrual cramps by reducing inflammation and the production of pain-causing prostaglandins.

According to a study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people with menstrual cramps who took a 250-milligram (mg) ginger supplement four times daily had the same level of pain relief as those who took Advil. Each group was treated for three days from the start of their period.

Another study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported that 60 people given a ginger root powder for five days had better menstrual cramp relief than 60 people given a placebo ("sugar pill").

Despite these findings, a Cochrane review of studies concluded that the quality of studies was poor. Of the studies reviewed, some reported benefits while others did not.

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Fennel

Fennel is an herb with a licorice-like taste and celery-like crunch. It contains a compound called anethole that is believed by some to relieve spasms.

A 2013 study from Iran found that a fennel extract combined with an extract of the Vitex agnus cactus worked as well as a prescription drug called Ponstel (mefenamic acid) in relieving menstrual cramps.

A total of 105 women were included in the study, half of whom were given the combined extracts and half of whom were given a placebo. The researchers were unable to say which of the two extracts was more active.

Despite the findings, a Cochrane review in 2016 said the quality of research involving fennel and menstrual cramps was very low.

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Chinese Herbs

Traditional Chinese herbs are commonly used to treat different menstrual problems. They are usually combined into specific blends that can vary from one practitioner to the next.

Some studies suggest that Chinese herbs may actually help. According to a Cochrane review published in 2008, Chinese herbs were able to relieve menstrual cramps better than OTC painkillers.

The review included 39 studies and a total of 3,475 women. Most were given a formula with five or six different herbs, including popular ones like angelica root, fennel fruit, licorice root, cinnamon bark, and red peony root.

Although the researchers said that the results were "promising," they noted that the quality of the studies was mostly poor.

Chinese Herbs for Menstrual Cramps

Among the most common Chinese herbal remedies used to treat menstrual cramps are:

  • Dang Gui Shao-Yao San, which contains angelica root and red peony root
  • Xiao Yao San, which contains licorice root, ginger root, and white peony root
  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, which contains the same ingredients as Xiao Yao San plus peony root bark and gardenia fruit

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Pycnogenol

Pycnogenol is a registered trademark of a French extract containing maritime pine bark. A 2008 study in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine suggested Pycnogenol could reduce pain and the need for OTC painkillers in women with menstrual cramps.

The Japanese study involved 116 people, half of whom were given a daily 60-mg dose of Pycnogenol over two menstrual cycles, while the other half was given a placebo.

Another study in 2014 reported similar results among women on oral birth control who used Pycnogenol for three months. While only 24 people were involved in the study, 27% of those on Pycnogenol were said to be pain-free compared to 0% on the placebo.

As with the other studies, however, a 2020 Cochrane review found no evidence that Pycnogenol had any benefit in treating menstrual cramps.

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Summary

Of the herbal remedies used to treat dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), ginger, fennel, Chinese herbs like Dang Gui Shao-Yao San, and the trademarked supplement Pycnogenol are four that have undergone clinical trials.

Despite promising results, the quality of the studies is generally poor and there is no clear proof that any of the herbal remedies help. Further quality research is needed.

A Word From Verywell

If you're considering using herbs (or other forms of alternative medicine) for menstrual cramps, it's important to talk with your healthcare provider first to weigh the pros and cons.

If you have severe menstrual cramps, it could be a sign of problems that need to be explored by your healthcare provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best herb for menstrual cramps?

    There is no "best" herb for relieving period pain. Some work better for some women than others. Common herbal remedies to ease menstrual cramps include:

    • Angelica root
    • Chamomile
    • Cinnamon bark
    • Dandelion
    • Dang Gui Shao-Yao San
    • Fennel and fennel root
    • Ginger
    • Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
    • Licorice root
    • Peppermint
    • Pine bark extract (Pycnogenol)
    • Raspberry leaf
    • Red peony root
    • Xiao Yao San
  • What can relieve menstrual cramps naturally?

    You can relieve menstrual cramps by using a heating pad or hot water bottle or by massaging the lower abdomen. Some women find that rubbing certain essential oils on the lower abdomen helps, including:

    • Cinnamon
    • Chamomile
    • Clary sage
    • Copaiba
    • Cypress
    • Eucalyptus
    • Ginger
    • Lavender
    • Peppermint
    • Rose
    • Ylang-ylang
  • Can chamomile tea relieve period cramps?

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    Possibly. Research shows that chamomile can reduce the pain of menstrual cramps better than a placebo. In addition, chamomile has been found to alleviate mood symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

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  2. Ozgoli G, Goli M, Moattar F. Comparison of effects of ginger, mefenamic acid, and ibuprofen on pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea. J Altern Complement Med. 2009;15(2):129-32. doi:10.1089/acm.2008.0311

  3. Rahnama P, Montazeri A, Huseini HF, Kianbakht S, Naseri M. Effect of Zingiber officinale R. rhizomes (ginger) on pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea: a placebo randomized trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012;12:92. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-92

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  9. Suzuki N, Uebaba K, Kohama T, Moniwa N, Kanayama N, Koike K. French maritime pine bark extract significantly lowers the requirement for analgesic medication in dysmenorrhea: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.J Reprod Med. 2008;53(5):338–46.

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FAQs

How can I instantly relieve menstrual cramps? ›

How to relieve period cramps fast at home
  1. Apply heat. "Heat can help relax the muscles contributing to cramping, so applying heat to your abdomen or back can help relieve your pain," says Dr. ...
  2. Take a pain reliever. ...
  3. Exercise. ...
  4. Take steps to reduce stress. ...
  5. Get your vitamins and minerals.
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How do you calm menstrual cramps naturally? ›

13 things that may help with period cramps
  1. Drink more water. Bloating can cause discomfort and make menstrual cramps worse. ...
  2. Enjoy herbal teas. ...
  3. Eat anti-inflammatory foods. ...
  4. Skip the treats. ...
  5. Reach for decaf coffee. ...
  6. Try dietary supplements. ...
  7. Apply heat. ...
  8. Exercise.

Does chocolate help cramps? ›

Certain foods can help with period pain by reducing the inflammation and muscle contractions associated with cramps, including one of the world's fave treats. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can help ease cramps.

How does lemon stop your period? ›

No. Drinking a shot of lemon juice won't delay your period or make it stop. Using a hormonal birth control method is the only way to lighten or control when you get your period: When taking a hormonal birth control method, like the pill, ring, and patch, you have the ability to skip your period.

What causes painful menstruation? ›

During your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormonelike substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps.

What can make menstrual cramps worse? ›

A hormone imbalance can lead to heavier and more painful periods.” Coffee, soft drinks and other caffeinated beverages can cause your blood vessels to constrict and decrease blood flow to your uterus. “This lack of blood flow can increase your period cramps,” advises Dr.

What are the things we should not do during periods? ›

  • Oct 11, 2021. 8 things you should not do on your period. ...
  • Problems faced during period. ...
  • Things you should not do. ...
  • ​Eating salty foods. ...
  • ​Don't stay up too late. ...
  • ​Skipping your workout. ...
  • ​Skipping meal or fasting. ...
  • ​Do not overwash your vulva.
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Which juice is good during periods? ›

High in vitamin C and calcium, oranges help fight off PMS symptoms like cramps, aches, and pains. Try a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice for a refreshing drink if you're feeling poorly on your period.

Why do period pains get worse as you age? ›

Menopause. Unfortunately just as you think your period symptoms should be easing off, cramps can actually get worse. That's because during the menopause the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle begin to fluctuate.

What do large clots during period mean? ›

Occasional blood clots during your period are perfectly normal. These commonly happen when blood flow increases – an effect of the uterine lining being shed. Blood can coagulate in the uterus or vagina at any time throughout your period, just as it does to seal an open wound on your skin.

How many days is a normal period last? ›

"Periods last around 2 to 7 days, and women lose about 3 to 5 tablespoons of blood in a period," says Belfield. Some women bleed more heavily than this, but help is available if heavy periods are a problem.

Do bananas affect your period? ›

Banana: With a high content of vitamin B6, banana is a great food for boosting your mood and keeping you happy! It is also rich in potassium and magnesium, which reduces bloating. Along with that, it also helps in digestion. So, enjoy bananas during your periods and keep those period problems at bay!

How long do period cramps last? ›

People typically feel their cramps just before or at the time when bleeding begins each cycle. They usually last about one to three days. They may start strong and feel better as the hours pass, or come and go more randomly. Cramps can be barely noticeable, or quite painful or severe (2).

What foods make cramps better? ›

Naturally, eating foods that decrease inflammation in the body will help to tame menstrual cramps. These foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Research has shown that both a vegetarian and plant-based eating pattern work to decrease inflammation in the body.

Why are my period cramps so unbearable? ›

Extreme pain before or during your period can be a sign of a more serious health condition that needs treatment, such as: endometriosis. pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

What causes painful menstruation? ›

During your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormonelike substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps.

How painful are period cramps on a scale? ›

Normal period pain– Anything below 5 on the scale, perhaps with occasional 'bad cramps' ranging between 5-8 on the scale, but not for longer than 10 minutes at a time or 3 days in a row.

Can't walk because of period cramps? ›

In some women the cramping is so painful that they can't walk, and a few have compared it to the contractions of childbirth. Another kind of menstrual pain that's common in primary dysmenorrhea feels more like a dull ache in the lower back and pelvis.

Why do period pains get worse as you age? ›

Menopause. Unfortunately just as you think your period symptoms should be easing off, cramps can actually get worse. That's because during the menopause the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle begin to fluctuate.

How long do period cramps last? ›

People typically feel their cramps just before or at the time when bleeding begins each cycle. They usually last about one to three days. They may start strong and feel better as the hours pass, or come and go more randomly. Cramps can be barely noticeable, or quite painful or severe (2).

Learn about natural remedies for menstrual cramps, including omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and acupressure.

Menstrual cramps , also known as dysmenorrhea, typically feel like a dull pain in the lower abdomen before or during menstrual periods.. At least eight studies involving a total of 1,097 women have investigated the relationship between diet and menstrual cramps and have found that fish oil intake seemed to have a positive effect on menstrual cramps. Animal studies suggest that the two compounds in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may decrease prostaglandin levels .. In one small study, 21 young women took fish oil (containing 1080 milligrams eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 720 milligrams docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and 1.5 milligrams vitamin E) daily for two months followed by a placebo pill for two months.. The results suggested that the women experienced significantly less menstrual cramps when they were taking the fish oil.. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and is needed for normal muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, immune function, blood pressure, and bone health.. In 2001, researchers with the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed three small studies that compared magnesium and a placebo for dysmenorrhea. Overall, they found that magnesium was more effective than placebo for pain relief and the need for additional medication was less with magnesium use.. In the studies, there was no significant difference in the number of side effects or adverse effects between the magnesium and the placebo.. A point that is often recommended by acupuncturists for menstrual cramps is called Spleen 6.. Although there are only preliminary studies on acupressure for menstrual cramps, it is a simple home remedy that is often recommended by alternative healthcare providers.To find the point, acupuncturists suggest feeling the bony point of the inner ankle.. Supplements haven't been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label.

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Whether it is a mild form of muscle cramping in the lower abdominal area or stabbing, sharp pains throughout the lower body, the unwelcome symptoms of menstruation are seemingly a natural part of life.. The painful cramping women experience during the menstrual period is caused by a release of the hormone prostaglandin.. Menstrual cramps may become less prevalent after childbirth, but luckily, we have some less drastic methods and tips for how to stop period cramps below.. There are home remedies for period cramps for those who want to alleviate and possibly eliminate symptoms naturally.. With menstrual cramps, water helps by treating the painful bloating symptom.. During the days leading up to and while experiencing cramps, have a water bottle with you at all times.. Apply heat to your lower abdomen to ease muscle cramps.. Stretching the abdominal muscles will relieve the painful cramps.. The ancient tradition of using pressure points on the body to cure ailments may be used to relieve muscle cramps and other menstrual symptoms.. The natural components of herbal tea could combat muscle cramps as well as an array of other menstrual symptoms.. Muscle cramps during the menstrual cycle are generally mild with no debilitating effects.. You could stop cramps fast, and possibly even prevent them from developing before your period, with natural home remedies.. Sources Doheny, K., “10 Ways To Relieve Period Cramps”, Everyday Health; http://www.everydayhealth.com/treatment/womens-health/ways-to-relieve-period-cramps/ , last accessed June 9, 2017.

Menstrual cramps are the worst and it's easy to turn to over-the-counter medications. Here are ways to relieve menstrual cramps naturally!

Menstrual cramps can be so frustrating, at times it can feel hopeless and like theres no way to relieve menstrual cramps without taking over the counter medication.. Menstrual cramps are caused when the uterus contracts.. While i’m on my period I use it several times throughout the day.. There are many different herbs that help reduce inflammation: Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric..etc Turmeric is my personal favorite and have noticed a huge difference since I started taking it once a day.. They mimic hormones in the body .. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to your period, be taking magnesium and turmeric daily and get adjusted by a Chiropractor regularly.

The primary symptoms of menstrual cramps can occur 72 hours before the start of menstruation and continue for 72 hours after it has begun. For most women, the

loose stool abdominal cramping pains in the uterus or ovary area bloating feelings of heaviness and nausea increased moodiness fatigue. Many women also experience heaviness to their body, it often feels as if the uterus has gotten heavier and is lying lower in the body than before.. Some women will also experience a sharp pain in the general location of one ovary around the time of ovulation.. This may not make sense to you when you think that caffeine is a common ingredient in many of the over the counter remedies, but too much caffeine can cause you to retain water.. Making sure you get regular sleep and exercise remains one of the best ways to relieve the symptoms.. Being overweight or having a sedentary lifestyle has been proven to make them worse.. One of the best ways to relieve menstrual cramps naturally is to work towards increased muscle relaxation and flexibility and to reduce any water retention in the body.. Drinking enough water, but avoiding sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks will help you to stay hydrated but to avoid water bloat.. These are the two areas of the body that tend to tighten in response to the uterine contraction that can increase the severity of your pain.. Eating a diet that is low in caffeine, low in salt and avoids certain foods – such as processed foods and those with a high GI also one of the best ways to ease menstrual cramps.. While it is not uncommon for women to experience a change in the symptoms of menstrual cramps that are associated with menopause, if there is any very noticeable change at all you should see your doctor.

Natural home remedies for menstrual cramps and pain show you 24 best ways to get relief from this problem fast & effectively.

First, add a teaspoon of fennel seeds into a cup of boiling water Second, simmer it on the low heat about 5 minutes Next, remove the heat and then strain it Add a teaspoon of honey and mix everything well Drink this tea twice per day before your menstrual period three days.. Boil a cup of water Put a chamomile tea bag into a cup and then pour the boiling water into cup too Next, cover and allow it to steep from 10 to 15 minutes Squeeze the tea bag out Add some honey or lemon juice if you want Drink two or three cups per day during a week before your menstrual period. Boil a cup of water Add some mint leaves into the boiling water Allow it to steep in about 5 minutes Strain it Drink this tea one or two cups per day during your menstrual cycle. Two-third cup of water One-third cup of pearled barley Two tablespoons of olive oil A half cup of yellow, chopped onion A cup of carrot Two cups of vegetable stock One and two-thirds cup of plain yogurt Two-thirds cup of fresh and minced parsley Salt and pepper. Boil water in a soup pot Add barley into the pot and simmer in about 20 to 30 minutes in low heat When water has evaporated, remove the heat and put at one side Take another pot, put olive oil and onion inside, cook over medium about 4 – 5 minutes till it is soft Add carrots and stock Keep cooking and then simmer about 20 minutes Add cooked barley and simmer in a few minutes Remove the heat Stir the soup with yogurt and eat immediately in order to get rid of the cramps. Not only applying home remedies for menstrual cramps, you should do these things if you want to reduce the pain caused by cramps. Stay away from stress, panicking and nervousness Sleep enough maybe 8 hours per day Eat more fish in order to get omega-3 fatty acids which can help you reduce the pain during the menstrual cycle Eat more food which contains iron Change your tampons once in every 6 hours Use warm water to wash yourself twice or thrice a day during the menstrual period. After reading the article of top 24 natural home remedies for menstrual cramps and pain relief, hope that it can help you find out the best and the most suitable home remedies to get rid of your cramps during the menstrual period easily and quickly.

Here is how to relieve menstrual cramps naturally, fast. Find out more about equally effective natural and home remedies for pms pain.

For a number of women though, period pain hinders normal activities for a number of days during each menstrual cycle.. Other symptoms include. Treatment of primary dysmenorrhea aims at relieving cramping pain and other related symptoms.. Exercise acts a natural period pain relief by increasing blood flow and endorphins that counteract prostaglandins to reduce muscle cramps.. Vitamin D offers menstrual pain relief by countering excess production of prostaglandins which cause pms cramps.

Menstrual cramps happen when the uterus contracts to shed the lining. Here are the natural remedies and diet changes that can help relieve menstrual cramps.

Menstrual cramps, typically known as dysmenorrhea, are severe and frequent cramps that occur during a period.. Other symptoms of endometriosis include pain during sex, infertility, excessive bleeding, nausea during your menstrual cycle, and pain with bowel movements.. People with pelvic inflammatory disease typically experience heavy menstrual bleeding and painful cramps.. Decreasing the levels of prolactin will help regulate periods and prevent pain during menstruation.. Tumeric helps the uterine muscles relax, preventing painful cramps that occur during menstruation.. Boron helps you absorb calcium and phosphorus, and research has found that this helps ease menstrual cramps.. The fiber found in brown rice may also ease symptoms of constipation during the menstrual cycle, which can add to the pain and cramping you may experience.. Magnesium helps with period cramps, while iron helps battle the fatigue you may feel during menstruation.. Water retention can lead to painful bloating that can negatively impact period cramps.. Yoga poses target areas that cramp during menstrual periods, and therefore may help with muscle contractions.. By changing your diet and implementing natural relief methods, you can hep ease the pain from menstrual cramps.. Consuming leafy green vegetables can boost your iron, calcium and magnesium levels, all of which help with the reduction of menstrual cramps.. Exercising can be great for menstrual cramps as it helps with the production of endorphins and lessens menstrual pain.. By using a combination of dietary changes and natural remedies, you can manage painful periods with home remedies, and without the use of pain medication.

Research suggests that some essential oils can help ease period cramps when massaged onto the abdomen, especially when used in a blend of oils.

How to naturally relieve period cramps. Research suggests that some essential oils can help ease period cramps when massaged onto the abdomen, especially when used in a blend of oils.. These medications work best if theyre taken at the first sign of cramps or pain.. recent study , low-to-medium intensity aerobic exercise can help reduce pain caused by period cramps.. From essential oils and Epsom salts to fish oil and your favorite tunes, these methods for how to get rid of period cramps will help ease period pain so you can live your best life all month long.. Calcium can help reduce period muscle cramps.. Many girls find tampons more convenient than pads, especially when playing sports or swimming.. 5 Tips to Reduce Menstrual Cramps Naturally. Pain from these conditions may seem like period pain, but it typically lasts longer and can be more severe than your usual menstrual cramps .. Also, exercising keeps your body active and allows for the proper flow of blood in the body.. Take significant time off work or impact on your day to day living every month.

The primary symptoms of menstrual cramps can occur 72 hours before the start of menstruation and continue for 72 hours after it has begun. For most women, the

You can learn how to relieve menstrual cramps naturally by coming to understand which symptoms are associated with what phase of menstruation (dysmenorrhea).. Some women may experience muscle cramping in the abdominal area as well as the cramping of the uterine muscle too.. Secondary dysmenorrhea is associated with the symptoms of menstrual cramps that may occur during the actual time frame of menstruation, or during ovulation.. You also don’t want to stop drinking water to avoid the water bloat that can aggravate the symptoms of menstrual cramps.. One of the best ways to relieve menstrual cramps naturally is to work towards increased muscle relaxation and flexibility and to reduce any water retention in the body.. Eating a diet that is low in caffeine, low in salt and avoids certain foods – such as processed foods and those with a high GI also one of the best ways to ease menstrual cramps.. While it is not uncommon for women to experience a change in the symptoms of menstrual cramps that are associated with menopause, if there is any very noticeable change at all you should see your doctor.

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